Building characteristics and their impact on voids in market buildings.
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This study focused on building characteristics and their impact on voids in market buildings, particularly wandegeya Market. Currently, there are about 400 unoccupied lockups out of 1100. The key objectives of the study were to identify those building characteristics causing voids in modern public market buildings as well as factors attracting customers to these market buildings. The building characteristics discussed included; verticality of the market, poor layout flexibility, poor technical state, poor location of shops, over designed, market building enclosed, poorly managed parking, small stall space. The target population of this study was market managers and vendors in the market as at March 2020 and were analyzed to solve the research problem. Total of 80 questionnaires were administered to vendors and market managers of the market to achieve the main and specific objectives. Data for the purpose of the study was collected using closed and open ended questionnaires. The research reveals that market users’ preference for building characteristics has an effect on voids in market buildings because majority of the vendors strongly agree that verticality of the market is the building characteristic problem. The findings of this dissertation informs us how the different building characteristics possessed by this market impacts on voids and finally points out the recommendations which could be beneficial to redevelopment of public markets so as reduce on the vacancy rate and also increase revenue collection.